EcoSynthetix Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

BURLINGTON, ON, Aug. 2, 2017 /CNW/ - EcoSynthetix Inc. (TSX: ECO) ("EcoSynthetix" or the "Company"), a renewable chemicals company that produces a portfolio of commercially proven bio-based products, today announced its financial and operational results for the three months (Q2 2017) and six months ended June 30, 2017 (YTD 2017). Financial references are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Q2 2017 Highlights

  • Recorded net sales of $4.8 million in Q2 2017, up 63% compared to the same period in 2016
  • Reduced adjusted EBITDA loss by 44% to $1.3 million in Q2 2017, compared to the same period in 2016
  • Record level of late-stage industrial trials conducted in the quarter with 10+ wood composite producers including multiple prospects trialing on multiple lines
  • Won a new commercial account for EcoSphere® in a packaging application from Stora Enso, a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wood and paper
  • Maintained a strong balance sheet with cash and term deposits of $50.1 million as at June 30, 2017

 

"Retailers and manufacturers are increasingly searching for No-Added-Formaldehyde binder alternatives for their wood composite product offerings. The level of engagement and industrial trial activity with prospects for our DuraBind wood composite resin is as high as we have ever experienced," said Jeff MacDonald, CEO of EcoSynthetix. "Our primary focus today is executing our commercial strategy for DuraBind by converting the prospects in late-stage industrial trials into customers while expanding the number of lines and the volumes at our existing customers. At the same time, we continue to experience increased interest in our EcoSphere® biolatex binder which targets the coated paper and paperboard markets. This momentum enabled us to report our strongest quarter of both top line and bottom line results in nearly three years."

Financial Summary

Net Sales

Net sales were $4.8 million and $8.4 million for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2017, respectively, compared to $2.9 million and $5.9 million for the corresponding periods in 2016.  The 63% increase in the quarter was primarily due to higher sales volumes of $1.6 million, or 54%, and an increase in average selling price which positively impacted sales by $0.2 million, or 9%. Increased substitution rates at existing customers represented 38% of the increase in volume while sales to new commercial customers accounted for 16% of the increase in volume.  The increase in average selling prices was primarily due to favourable pricing dynamics. The 42% increase in the YTD period was primarily due to higher sales volumes of $2.0 million, or 34%, and an increase in average selling price which positively impacted sales by $0.5 million, or 8%.

Gross Profit

Gross profit was $1.0 million and $1.8 million for Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to $0.5 million and $0.9 million for the corresponding periods in 2016. Gross profit as a percentage of sales was 21.8% and 22.0% in Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to 15.7% and 15.9% in the corresponding periods last year.  Gross profit as a percentage of sales adjusted for manufacturing depreciation was 25.8% and 26.3% for Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively compared to 22.3% and 22.6% for the corresponding periods in 2016. The improvements were primarily due to higher average selling prices. 

Selling, General and Administrative

(Excludes share-based compensation, depreciation, provision for termination benefits and foreign exchange gains and losses)

Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) were $1.3 million and $2.5 million for Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to $1.6 million and $3.2 million for the corresponding periods in 2016. The decreases were primarily due to lower people related costs and lower discretionary spending.

Research and Development
(Excludes share-based compensation, depreciation, provision for termination benefits and foreign exchange gains and losses)

Research and development (R&D) costs were $1.1 million and $2.4 million for Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to $1.1 million and $2.2 million for the corresponding periods in 2016. Lower government grants recognized in Q2 2017 were offset by lower discretionary spending. The increase in the YTD period was primarily due to lower government grants recognized in 2017 compared to 2016.

Foreign Exchange Loss/Gain

Foreign exchange loss for Q2 2017 and Q2 2016 was nominal.  The Company recognized a nominal gain in YTD 2017 compared to a gain of $0.2 million in the same period last year. The change was primarily due to the translation of cash balances denominated in Canadian dollars and exchange rate fluctuations between the Canadian dollar versus U.S. dollar.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA loss was $1.3 million and $2.7 million for Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to a loss of $2.3 million and $4.4 million for the corresponding periods in 2016. The 44% and 37% improvements in the respective periods were due to higher gross profit and lower operating expenses in the 2017 periods.  

Net Loss 

Net loss was $1.7 million, or $0.03 per common share, and $3.6 million, or $0.06 per common share, in Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to $2.6 million, or $0.04 per common share, and $5.0 million, or $0.08 per common share, for the corresponding periods in 2016. The improvements were principally due to higher gross profits and lower operating expenses in 2017 compared to the same periods in 2016.

Liquidity

Cash on hand and term deposits were $50.1 million as at June 30, 2017, compared to $53.6 million as at December 31, 2016. Cash on hand at June 30, 2017, excluding the term deposits, was $20.1 million.

Notice of Conference Call

EcoSynthetix will host a conference call on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM ET to discuss its financial results.  Jeff MacDonald, CEO, and Robert Haire, CFO, will co-chair the call. All interested parties can join the call by dialling (647) 427-7450 or (888) 231-8191. Please dial in 15 minutes prior to the call to secure a line. A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be available at www.ecosynthetix.com. The presentation will be accompanied by slides, which will be available via the webcast link and the Company's website. Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be required to join the webcast.

1Non-IFRS Financial Measures

This press release makes reference to certain non-IFRS measures. These non-IFRS measures are not recognized measures under IFRS, do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these measures are provided as additional information to complement those IFRS measures by providing a further understanding of results of operations of EcoSynthetix from management's perspective. Accordingly, they should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analysis of the financial information of EcoSynthetix reported under IFRS. The Company uses non-IFRS measures such as Adjusted EBITDA to provide investors with a supplemental measure of operating performance and thus highlight trends in its core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS financial measures. Management also believes that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-IFRS measures in the evaluation of issuers. Management also uses non-IFRS measures in order to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period, prepare annual operating budgets and assess the Company's ability to meet its capital expenditure and working capital requirements.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure recognized under IFRS and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. See "IFRS and Non-IFRS Measures." The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA because the Company believes it facilitates investors' use of operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company by backing out potential differences caused by variations in capital structures (affecting relative interest expense), the book amortization of intangibles (affecting relative amortization expense) and the age and book value of property and equipment (affecting relative depreciation expense). The Company also presents Adjusted EBITDA because it believes it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as a measure of financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA as presented herein are not recognized measures under IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to operating income or net income as measures of operating results or an alternative to cash flows as measures of liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as consolidated net income (loss) before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non-cash expenses and charges deducted in determining consolidated net income (loss).

The following table reconciles net loss to Adjusted EBITDA loss for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016:


Three months ended
June 30, 2017

Three months ended
June 30, 2016

Six months ended
June 30, 2017

Six months ended
June 30, 2016

Net Loss

(1,739,030)

(2,644,086)

(3,642,668)

(5,013,308)

Depreciation and Amortization

304,648

303,966

571,694

596,224

Share-based Compensation

306,566

155,237

620,587

297,237

Interest Income

(157,651)

(122,923)

(289,817)

(262,159)

Adjusted EBITDA loss

(1,285,467)

(2,307,806)

(2,740,204)

(4,382,006)

 

About EcoSynthetix Inc. (www.ecosynthetix.com)

EcoSynthetix offers a range of sustainable engineered biopolymers that allow customers to reduce their use of harmful materials, such as formaldehyde and styrene-based chemicals. The Company's flagship products, DuraBind™ and EcoSphere®, are used to manufacture wood composites, paper and packaging, and enable performance improvements, economic benefits and sustainability. The Company is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (T:ECO).

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this Press Release constitute "forward-looking" statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, objectives or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance, objectives or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this Press Release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company's plans to execute its commercial strategy, convert late-stage industrial trial prospects into customers and expand the number of lines and the volumes at existing customers, and other statements regarding the Company's plans and expectations in 2017. These statements reflect our current views regarding future events and operating performance and are based on information currently available to us, and speak only as of the date of this Press Release. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions and should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such performance or results will be achieved. Those assumptions and risks include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to successfully allocate capital as needed and to develop new products, as well as the fact that our results of operations and business outlook are subject to significant risk, volatility and uncertainty. Many factors could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including the factors identified in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Information Form dated March 30, 2017. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this Press Release as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Unless required by applicable securities law, we do not intend and do not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

 

EcoSynthetix Inc. 



Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets



(Unaudited)






(expressed in US dollars)







June 30,
2017

December 31,
2016

Assets






Current assets



Cash

20,080,498

38,517,278

Term deposits

30,048,820

-

Accounts receivable 

2,107,042

2,199,289

Inventory

3,517,088

3,216,016

Government grants receivable

114,485

168,562

Prepaid expenses

252,672

165,352


56,120,605

44,266,497




Non-current assets



Term deposit

-

15,043,557

Property, plant and equipment 

7,536,291

7,933,584

Total assets

63,656,896

67,243,638







Liabilities 






Current liabilities



Trade accounts payables and accrued liabilities 

2,855,241

3,070,203

Accrued termination benefits

30,057

415,888

Total liabilities

2,885,298

3,486,091




Shareholders' Equity



Common shares 

493,613,481

493,359,612

Contributed surplus

9,142,857

8,740,007

Accumulated deficit

(441,984,740)

(438,342,072)

Total shareholders' equity 

60,771,598

63,757,547




Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 

63,656,896

67,243,638

 

  

EcoSynthetix Inc. 



Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss



For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016



(Unaudited)












(expressed in US dollars)







 Three months ended June 30, 


 Six months ended June 30, 


2017

2016


2017

2016







Net sales

4,759,213

2,917,010


8,361,342

5,881,480







Cost of sales

3,719,895

2,459,903


6,522,064

4,946,050







Gross profit on sales

1,039,318

457,107


1,839,278

935,430







Expenses






Selling, general and administrative

1,629,171

1,768,171


3,118,837

3,330,412

Research and development

1,243,343

1,163,096


2,589,441

2,387,947

Provision for termination benefits

63,485

292,849


63,485

492,538


2,935,999

3,224,116


5,771,763

6,210,897







Loss from operations

(1,896,681)

(2,767,009)


(3,932,485)

(5,275,467)







Interest income

157,651

122,923


289,817

262,159

Net loss and comprehensive loss

(1,739,030)

(2,644,086)


(3,642,668)

(5,013,308)







Basic and diluted loss per common share 

(0.03)

(0.04)


(0.06)

(0.08)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

59,563,101

59,277,680


59,536,785

59,276,033

 

EcoSynthetix Inc. 


Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016


(Unaudited)












(expressed in US dollars)

 Three months ended June 30, 


 Six months ended June 30, 


2017

2016


2017

2016

Cash provided by (used in)












Operating activities






Net loss and comprehensive loss

(1,739,030)

(2,644,086)


(3,642,668)

(5,013,308)

Items not affecting cash







Depreciation

304,648

303,966


571,694

596,224


Share-based compensation

306,566

155,237


620,587

297,237


Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss

(5,141)

114,007


(13,980)

(47,679)


Other

92,625

(130,632)


(15,612)

(241,783)

Changes in non-cash working capital







Accounts receivable

(258,682)

(158,556)


119,670

(481,389)


Inventory

(202,059)

(64,575)


(304,350)

303,680


Government grants receivable

47,892

(118,743)


(11,629)

(252,248)


Prepaid expenses

(110,351)

70,521


(87,320)

12,945


Trade accounts payables and accrued liabilities

703,164

484,852


(214,962)

969,234


Accrued termination benefits

(87,998)

58,758


(385,831)

166,973


(948,366)

(1,929,251)


(3,364,401)

(3,690,114)







Investing activities






Purchase of property, plant and equipment

-

(157,802)


(171,123)

(434,958)

Purchase of term deposit

(15,000,000)

-


(15,000,000)

(15,000,000)


(15,000,000)

(157,802)


(15,171,123)

(15,434,958)







Financing activities






Exercise of common share options

-

-


8,709

-

Proceeds from government grants

-

200,986


65,706

496,817


-

200,986


74,415

496,817













Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 

(28,476)

32,169


24,329

245,902







Decrease in cash during the period 

(15,976,842)

(1,853,898)


(18,436,780)

(18,382,353)







Cash - Beginning of period

36,057,340

44,189,203


38,517,278

60,717,658







Cash - End of period 

20,080,498

42,335,305


20,080,498

42,335,305







 

SOURCE EcoSynthetix Inc.

For further information: EcoSynthetix Inc., Steve Snyder, Phone: (289) 245-4017, E-mail: ssnyder@ecosynthetix.com; Investor Relations, Ross Marshall, Phone: (416) 526-1563, E-mail: ross.marshall@loderockadvisors.com


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